Academic says he’s being scapegoated in Facebook data case

Staff Writer

LONDON (AP) — An academic who developed an app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday he had no idea his material would be used in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and that he’s being scapegoated in the affair.
Alexandr Kogan, a psychology professor at Cambridge University, told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him for violating the social media platform’s terms of service, when he had been assured that everything he did was appropriate.
Kogan told the BBC that Cambridge Analytica approached him about the app and, in retrospect, he should have asked the company more questions about how the data would be used.
Authorities in Britain and the United States are investigating the alleged improper use of the data. Billions have been wiped off Facebook’s market value as its shares fall and consumers are asking questions about whether their privacy has been violated...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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